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Garuf

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My tank was more or less identical and I could happily run the drop checker so yellow it never went blue over night. I think I see your problem. You're not adding anywhere near enough ferts. I'd take a look at Georges iwagumi, I seem to remember he was adding 5ml or so daily. As ceg says a drop checker can only show you the path it's not a matter of right levels or wrong levels the plants will tell you what they need. Ferts wise I don't know the exact contents of TPN+ but it really does sound like you're massively under dosing for your tank. I'd be nervous with ferts with so many beautiful shrimp though. I know it's safe but they're touchy sods.
 

Mark Webb

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Thanks Garuf, without checking I think I am on the recommended dose for TPN?
 

Garuf

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That's misleading I'm afraid as it's for european low tech style tanks where infrequent dosing is the norm as is very low (comparatively) levels of lighting. I think your best bet would be to PM George. He has the most experience with Tropica products as far as I know. Good luck though, it's a really nice tank it's a shame to see it go to spoil.
 

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hi there,
I'm sure George will set you right but just as a comparison i massively upped the TPN+ dosing on my 54l 2x1x1 tank following advice from ceg4048 after a BGA outbreak. i now dose 5ml daily and noticed MASSIVE improvement in plant growth, and significant reduction in algae. The only problem is that you go through a hell of a lot, so i'll be moving to EI soon!
Hope this helps!
Matt
 

Mark Webb

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bigmatt said:
hi there,
I'm sure George will set you right but just as a comparison i massively upped the TPN+ dosing on my 54l 2x1x1 tank following advice from ceg4048 after a BGA outbreak. i now dose 5ml daily and noticed MASSIVE improvement in plant growth, and significant reduction in algae. The only problem is that you go through a hell of a lot, so i'll be moving to EI soon!
Hope this helps!
Matt

Thanks for that Matt, thats 5 times what I dose :wideyed: . I am not getting any algae. Do you keep shrimp in your tank? Just concerned about causing problems my CRS.
 
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